3 Ways Anger Can Harm Your Health
Millions of people in the United States suffer from anger issues and the number has only gone up in the past year as the world has changed dramatically due to the pandemic.
People are more afraid and stressed which has prompted their feelings to reach boiling points resulting in an increase in the number of people giving in to their anger.
Anger causes us to lose our rational train of thought and act out. A good example would be the “Karens” who have given free rein to their racist and privileged nature in their angry outbursts at innocent civilians.
While most people are aware of how anger can destroy relationships and can lead to emotional and mental instability, not many are aware of the effects of anger on their physical health.
Here are some of the top ways anger can impact your body:
Anger Increases The Risk Of Cardiovascular Issues
There is a direct correlation between people who are prone to angry outbursts and people with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. The physical exertion caused by anger can affect your cardiac health and double the chances of getting a heart attack. Suppressing anger can also lead to an increase in the amount of toxic chemicals produced in your body. Consequently, angry people can experience poor cardiac health and are also at risk of rupturing their brain’s arteries.
Anger Can Compromise The Immune System
Studies show that experiencing anger frequently can cause the immune system to weaken over time by reducing the production of antibody immunoglobulin A. The chemical is the first line of defense for the white blood cells against infection and a decrease in its level can compromise the entire immune system. People with weaker immune systems are more likely to experience various diseases and health disorders and find it more difficult to recover after injuries or illnesses.
Anger Can Shorten Your Lifespan
You might have heard the saying that happy people live longer. Well, no there is actual science to back up that claim. Research shows that getting angry often can shorten your lifespan and have a 1.75-fold increase in the risk of dying at a younger age. However, several additional factors need to be considered such as drinking habits, smoking, lifestyle, etc., that can also increase or decrease your likelihood of dying early.
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